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Why S21 must stay: £29,000 arrears and £2,000 mess left by tenant

The government and local authorities run by all political parties are keen to advocate measures to curb rogue letting agents and landlords - but there is...

Crooked agent steals thousands ... and pays back just £850

A north of England letting agent who conned home owners out of thousands of pounds has been ordered to pay it back - or, to be exact,...

Don’t scrap licensing, streamline it says accreditation scheme

The safeagent accreditation scheme says the next government should not scrap landlord licensing as some trade groups have requested, but should instead streamline the system. The scheme...

Average rent across Britain now £999 pcm says Countrywide

The average rent of a newly let property in Great Britain rose to £999 pcm in October according to data from Countrywide’s upmarket Hamptons International brand. This...

Confidence in lettings sector plummets to all-time low amongst landlords

Landlords’ confidence in their lettings business has slumped to an all-time low, according to research by the National Landlords Association. In a survey of members the NLA...

Big rise in foreign landlords thanks to Brexit’s weak pound

The proportion of homes in Great Britain let by overseas based landlords is 11 per cent, up from seven per cent a year ago. Countrywide’s Hamptons International...

Conservatives likely to oppose rent controls in election manifesto

It looks likely that the Conservative party is set to formally oppose rent controls when it publishes its manifesto, probably in 10 days time. It’s now been...

Fine after improvement notice on rented home was partly ignored

A rented home in Mansfield was found to have serious health and safety hazards, including a leaking roof and a lack of smoke detectors, a court has been told. In...

Rising rent is “a headwind” battering poor tenants, says think tank

Higher housing costs - including private sector rents - have reduced incomes and increased inequality as the poorest families have borne the brunt of Britain’s 40-year...

Countrywide's veteran lettings supremo leaves at end of fees ban work

Countrywide has issued an unusual statement saying that the veteran lettings expert recruited to steer the organisation through the tenant fee ban has now left. John Hards,...

London Labour Mayor repeats his call for rent controls

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has returned to his campaign to win powers which would allow him to impose rent controls. Khan has been an advocate of...

Students say they’re targeted for “unfair” deposit deductions at check-out

The National Union of Students claims young people at college and university are being unfairly targeted by agents and landlords when it comes to deposit deductions. In...

Reform rental sector to favour tenants, charity tells next government

Citizens Advice wants the next government to radically alter the private rental sector in favour of tenants.  The charity’s 2019 election manifesto, released this week, demands the...

Top agent urges Airbnb regulation to deter criminal activity

A leading London lettings agent wants increased regulation over Airbnb in a bid to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. Martin Bikhit, managing director at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices...

Agency voluntarily scraps To Let boards ‘as most renters look online’

A lettings agency has voluntarily decided to scrap To Let boards in densely populated areas, because they are unsightly and in any case most renters find...

Market snapshot: Voids reducing slightly, but rents dipping too

The latest rental index from PropTech firm Goodlord shows some regions enjoying lower void periods with others slower to stabilise.  Specifically, the UK average for void periods...

Rents on the rise as Prime London supply glut begins to subside

Knight Frank says the supply of new lettings properties in prime central London is likely to slow - and as a result, rents are increasing. The agency...

Labour tones down Right To Buy proposal for private rental tenants

Labour’s controversial proposal to oblige landlords to sell their buy to let properties to tenants who wished to purchase them, unveiled in September, is being toned...

How PropTech can aid compliance - Top agents reveal what they do

Three of the country’s most senior agents have told a PropTech supplier how they use technology to aid their compliance work in the increasingly regulated rental...

Rent protection firms merge to form ‘strategic partner for agents’

Industry supplier Let Alliance has merged with the Barbon Insurance Group, which includes HomeLet and Rentshield     The announcement was made at 6am today; Barbon says the...

Over a third of tenants say: We’ll be renting for life

Around 40 per cent of tenants currently in the private rental sector believe they will never be able to buy their own home, according to a...

“Not enough!” - new cash to police rental sector deemed insufficient

A leading trade body says the government’s latest injection of funds to help local councils root out rogue operators in the private rental sector is simply...

Purplebricks lettings director quits to go to rival hybrid franchise firm

A lettings guru who worked at Purplebricks for five years in a string of key roles has quit the company to join a rival online operation. Howard...

Government backs council licensing, gives millions more for enforcement

The government has given an extra £3.8m to councils to come up with ways of catching rogue landlords - and in doing so, it has given...

Industry wants short-let controls, review of landlord tax and stamp duty eased

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General Election - and they want the...

Agents offering insurance to tenants “increase peace of mind for all”

Lettings agents who diversify to offer tenant liability insurance not only broaden their own business but also increase peace of mind for landlords and renters too. That’s...

Yet more reforms for rental sector to be debated at conference

Welsh housing minister Julie James is to address agents, landlords and other property professionals at the Residential Landlord Association’s Future Renting Wales conference later this month. The...

Cut the red tape! Huge rise in laws governing private renting

One of the industry’s leading trade bodies has revealed that the number of laws creating an obligation on landlords in the private rental sector has soared...

Agency compensates tenants and landlords after employee’s scam

Martin & Co says it has compensated clients fully after a rogue lettings agent in Cornwall added sums to invoices sent to customers.  The agent - Gareth...

Tenant activists demand rent controls and Section 21 scrapped

A collective of activist renter groups has set out a manifesto of what it wants from the winner of next month’s General Election. Generation Rent, the London...

Airbnb and short lets may have tighter controls in Scotland

The Scottish Government says it’s looking at whether to regulate Airbnb and other short let activities after a consultation found widespread support for greater controls. More than...

Agents asked to tell council how to improve rental sector policies

Lettings agents are being invited to tell a big city council how to improve its private rental sector strategy.  Manchester local authority says privately rented homes have...

Rental standards at centre of Corbyn’s Labour Election campaign

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has launched his party’s General Election campaign with an attack on what he describes as “dodgy landlords.” He did not define how landlords...

Tories - you have been warned, says lettings trade group

One of the industry’s leading trade groups has repeated a warning to the Conservatives that they cannot rely on the votes of landlords. Richard Lambert, chief executive...

DPS teams up with comparison website to offer deals on utilities

The Deposit Protection Service has teamed up with Comparethemarket in a bid to offer utility deals to tenants.  Renters who have their deposit secured by The DPS...

Plumbing and electrical problems are most common for buy to let

An insurance firm has broken down the causes of major problems for buy to let landlords and tenants - and, perhaps unsurprisingly, pumping and electrical issues...

Tax perks demanded for landlords who use deposit alternatives

One of the leading providers of deposit alternatives in the UK wants the government to embrace the option - even to the point of giving landlords...

Scrap stamp duty on buy to let! Trade body sets Election demand

One of the leading lettings sector trade bodies has unveiled what it describes as “a positive vision for the private rented sector” ahead of the General...

Short Lets: New body bids to make sector more professional

A new trade body is being set up in a bid to professionalise the short lets sector. The sector - which embraces such firms as Airbnb, Booking.com,...

Halloween pics and vids: lettings agencies’ tricks are a treat

In recent days we’ve been running images and videos from Halloween-decorated offices over on our sister publication Estate Agent Today - but now we’ve got our...

Rich Pickings: prime central London lettings market booms, says agency

A new report from Knight Frank shows how the country’s most expensive lettings market - prime central London - has boomed. The number of tenancies agreed by...

New law to ban landlord from letting for five years is backed by solicitor firm

A new piece of legislation has been invoked to ban a landlord from any involvement in the private rental sector for the next five years -...

PropTech: Zoopla, Landmark and Houzen reveal new innovations

Zoopla is beefing up its customer relationship management programme with the appointment of RAPP UK to evolve the portal’s data infrastructure and capabilities. Adam Knight, head of...

Battered and Bruised: but a few buy to let investors remain optimistic

Many buy to let investors are still badly bruised by the government’s wave of fiscal and regulatory assaults on the private rental sector according to specialist...

Deposit alternative war hots up as Zero Deposit signs 15-branch agency

The growing deposit alternative sector continues to be ultra-competitive with 15-branch agency Kings Lettings signing up to Zero Deposit. Kings Lettings operates across North London, East London,...

Uncooperative HMO landlord hit with four figure fine

The owner of a house believed to be occupied by multiple tenants has been prosecuted by a Kent council for failing to co-operate with the authority.  Josh...

Labour’s rent controls: global examples of how they do not work

Rent controls similar to those demanded by Labour in London and other major cities in the UK do not work, and there are many international examples...

Pervert photo request leads to landlord being denied a licence

A landlord who made a perverted request to take photographs of a teenager in her underwear has had his request for a rental licence turned down. Media...

New mortgage encourages students to become first time landlords

A new building society mortgage product is aimed at allowing students to become first time buyers and to simultaneously become first time landlords, too, by letting...

Election is chance to woo new landlords into lettings sector

The likely general election is an opportunity for the government to make the lettings sector more appealing for would-be landlords, says ARLA. “With the possibility of a...

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